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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #51

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of December 20th-December 26th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Walker Books for Young readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in the Drake Chronicles by author Alyxandra Harvey.

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    I love the Drake Chronicles series by author Alyxandra Harvey. I fell in love with it before I started blogging so it has an extra special place in my heart because I discovered it on my own.

    And I love this cover for Bleeding Hearts, though apparently Amazon downloaded the other – possibly UK – version for me back in October. I’ve been trying to get this version to pre-order but it won’t let me as it says I already own it. I am going to keep trying.

    I can’t wait to read this installment about Connor Drake and Christabel – Lucy’s cousin. In Bleeding Hearts, Christabel is taken by the Hel Blar who mistake her for Lucy and is infected by them.

    I really hope that Connor is able to save her, even if her new existence is as a vampire and not a human. And I hope we get a peek at Lucy and Solange and all the rest of the yummy Drake boys in this next book.

    To read an excerpt and for a link to download the full prologue from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    Still Waters sounds like an eerie book and one I can’t wait to read. I had heard about it a month or so ago when I was offered it in a trade, but as I knew I wouldn’t get to read it before release, I pre-ordered the finished copy for my Kindle.

    Any book with a description that has the phrase “what lies beneath” always gives me the heebie-jeebies. But this just sounds so unbelievably awesome. I wish I had heard about it sooner so I could have requested a review copy, as this sounds like a perfect book for me.

    Hannah and Colin head off to a remote lake house for a romantic weekend before he goes to college. And of course things take a turn for the worse almost immediately. According to the description the town doesn’t appear on any map, the house looks lived in yet it’s supposed to have been unoccupied and Colin starts acting weird.

    I can’t wait to find out about Colin’s dark side and just what ends up haunting Hannah. I hope to squeeze this book in among my packed schedule for January reads because this is one that I won’t want to miss.

    On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

    The official release date for On a Dark Wing is December 27th, 2011, but it will be available for purchase on the 20th. I’ve included it in this week’s Book Watch post as I’ll be receiving my copy on the 20th.

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    I can’t wait to see the finished copy of On a Dark Wing both electronically and in print. I have the eARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley and I’m dying to find out whether each new chapter has an increasing number of ravens like the eARC does.

    My Kindle version downloads on the 20th, so I’ll be checking that out, but I have got to get my hands on the print edition to see if it differs in any way. I just think it’s a really cool touch. Especially as the ravens are important to the story.

    I have almost finished reading On a Dark Wing, so I have no need to guess what this story is about, but I still don’t have the first clue how it will all end. It’s a complete mystery. Which is a good thing.

    As I don’t want to say too much here about what I already know, I’ll just stick with what is revealed in the description.

    Abbey Chandler nearly died in a car accident that she was in with her mother. While her mom died, she survived. But Death became fascinated with her. And because of this, Death stalks a boy Abbey has been crushing on – Nate Holden.

    With Death and his ravens having set their sights on Nate, his life is now at risk. And Abbey must figure out what she can do to save him.

    I really can’t wait to get back to reading this book so that I can find out exactly how everything ends. While I know some more about the story than what’s been revealed, I don’t know what happens to Abbey or Nate at the story’s end.

    To read an excerpt from the prologue on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Roaring Book Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

    Zombie Tag is a Middle Grade book by author Hannah Moskowitz for children age 9 and older.

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    I decided I had to read Zombie Tag the second I heard about it during its cover reveal a few months ago. It just sounded so odd and quirky and yet heartbreaking. And, as soon as I was able, I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I don’t read a lot of middle grade books, but this one just seems so interesting. Funny and sad, but definitely interesting. Plus, the author has such a wild imagination and after reading Invincible Summer I had to check out something from her that is aimed at a younger audience.

    The story is about a young boy named Wil Lowenstein whose older brother died. To cope with his loss he plays a game with his friends called Zombie Tag. Which is clearly a big influence on him – he wishes his brother could come back from the dead, even if it means he comes back as a zombie. Well, Wil’s wish somehow comes true.

    And, of course, Wil’s brother is not the same.

    I have a feeling that this book will make me laugh and cry and my heart will break just a little bit for young Wil. But as this book is meant for a middle grade audience, I hope there will be more smiles than tears.

    It seems like forever ago when I first heard about Zombie Tag and I can’t wait to finally get the chance to read it.

    To read an excerpt of Zombie Tag, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    Flyaway by Helen Landalf

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Legacy by Molly Cochran

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Torn by Cat Clarke

    Pub. Date: December 22, 2011

    (The Book Depository)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    I am so happy – you have no idea – that I’ll be getting four new books this week. And I’m seriously adding the Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide to my holiday gift list, and if I love it in print I will definitely be buying it for the Kindle.

    I also wish I could get Torn by Cat Clarke because it looks amazing, but I’m not risking The Book Depository during the holidays so it will definitely have to wait.

    It felt like the world tipped on its axis last week when there was not one traditionally published book available for download. But I’m so glad to have new books to add to my collection this week.

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    The Trailers: December

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in December, a few peeks at those coming out in January, and a few late arrivals that I just couldn’t leave behind.

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    Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

    Release date: December 1, 2011

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

    Release date: December 6, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

    Release date: December 6, 2011

    (EllieJamesYAAuthor)

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    The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

    Release date: December 8, 2011

    (PenguinYoung Readers)

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    Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz

    Release date: December 20, 2011

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    <Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: December 20, 2011 (Walker Childrens edition)

    (Bloomsbury Publishing) – The author talks about her book

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    Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    Release date: December 27, 2011

    (EgmontUSA) – The author talks about her upcoming book

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    And for just a peek ahead at what’s coming in January…

    The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

    Release date: January 10, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Fracture by Megan Miranda

    Release date: January 17, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Everneath by Brodi Ashton

    Release date: January 24, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    And for a look back at a few of those we may have missed…

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine

    Release date: November 1, 2011

    (rachelcainewriter)

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    The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

    Release date: November 14, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

    Release date: November 21, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.

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